Hollywood actress and screen star Helen McCrory was an extraordinary and wonderful woman and her acting skills were cherished by everyone. She was well-known for the character of Draco Malfoy’s mother in the Harry Potter films and the character of Polly Gray in Peaky Blinders, a British drama-series. She breathed her last on Friday at the age of 52 after a prolonged fight with cancer. Her husband, actor Damien Lewis, confirmed the news on Twitter by writing “she blazed so brightly”.
He wrote, “I’m heartbroken to announce that after a heroic battle with cancer, the beautiful and mighty woman that is Helen McCrory has died peacefully at home, surrounded by waves of love from friends and family. She died as she lived. Fearlessly. God, we love her and know how lucky we are to have had her in our lives. He blazed so brightly. Go now, little one, into the air and thank you.”
Let us look at some of McCrory’s best performances that will remain evergreen.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009):
She played Narcissa Malfoy, Bellatrix’s sister, in the Harry Potter movie. McCrory reprised her role in the final two Potter movies, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2; McCrory’s performance was well received by fans of the books.
Peaky Blinders (2013):
She played the role of Polly Gray, the Shelby family matriarch, in all five seasons of the British drama-series Peaky Blinders.
Penny Dreadful (2014-16):
In Penny Dreadful, McCrory played the character of Evelyn Poole, an evil and wicked old witch disguised as an attractive and gracious lady. She possessed dark powers and her character was bold and powerful.
The queen (2006):
McCrory was quite revered for her role in the Queen Elizabeth II biopic, The Queen. She played the character of Cherie Blair, a role she inhabited so well that she would later reprise it in 2010, for The Special Relationship.
One of the roles McCrory would be most popularly associated with came with the 2012 James Bond outing Skyfall. As UK Home Secretary Claire Dowar, McCrory featured in one of the film’s biggest set-pieces when Judi Dench’s M was attacked in a courtroom. It might not be one of McRory’s most challenging roles, but it was a typically tight performance that helped give the film’s bombast some grounding.